Gas well explodes in nearby Lebanon

LEBANON – A gas well in the Town of Lebanon exploded early Thursday morning, less than five and a half miles from Chenango’s border with Madison County. The explosion injured two workers and jolted nearby residents from their beds.

“Two well operators that were on site were both treated for burns, one to his face and arms and one with burns to his face. They were treated for the burns and released within hours of the incident,” said Norse Energy spokesman Dennis Holbrook.

Norse Energy is the parent company of Nornew, which has an office located in The Eaton Center in Norwich.

The incident began at 5 a.m. Thursday when a fire was somehow ignited at the site, causing an explosion. The company flew in a response team and had the fire put out using foam and water by 2 p.m., explained Holbrook.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but the company said it ignited while operators were in the process of removing drill piping.

The closest residence to the explosion was a home along Lebanon Hill Road, approximately 300 to 400 yards away.

Don Johnson lives there with his family and was awakened by the sound Thursday morning.

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